Joseph Nannetti

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Joseph Patrick Nannetti
Joseph Patrick Nannetti.jpg
Nannetti in 1907
Member of Parliament
for Dublin College Green
In office
24 October 1900 – 26 April 1915
Preceded byJames Laurence Carew
Succeeded byJohn Dillon Nugent
Personal details
Born1851 (1851)
Dublin, Ireland
Died26 April 1915(1915-04-26) (aged 63–64)
Political partyIrish Parliamentary

Joseph Patrick Nannetti (1851 – 26 April 1915) was an Irish nationalist Home rule politician, trade union leader, and as Irish Parliamentary Party member and Member of Parliament (MP) represented the constituency of College Green, Dublin in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1900–1915. He was a city councillor and Lord Mayor of Dublin.[1]


Nannetti was born in Dublin in 1851 as son of an Italian sculptor and modeller.[2] He was educated at the Baggot Street Convent School and the Christian Brother’s schools in Dublin. He married Mary, daughter of Edward Egan, in 1871.[1]

First apprenticed to the printing trade and was afterwards employed in Liverpool, where he was one of the first founders of the Liverpool Home Rule organisation in Liverpool. Returning home, he became secretary of the Dublin Trade Council, afterwards its President;[1] he also led the Dublin Typographical Provident Society.

In the 1900 general election Nannetti was elected MP for the constituency of College Green, Dublin[3] as a United Irish League supported Labour trade unionist, as well as in the 1906 election, the January 1910 and the December 1910 elections[3] which seat he held until his death in 1915, having been paralysed by illness since 1913.[4]

Nannetti had represented an older school of trade unionism, based on skilled workmen and emphasising shared interest between workmen and employer, which was challenged by the rise of Larkinism mass unionism. With the appearance of an independent Labour candidate in the subsequent by-election it was seen as significant in the drift of labour workers away from the Irish Party.[4]

As a member of the Dublin Corporation Nannetti was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1906–07. He was also a member of the Catholic Cemeteries Committee and Trustee of the Royal Liver Friendly Society.[1] He appears as a character in James Joyce's novel, Ulysses.

Nannetti died following a stroke on 26 April 1915.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Who Was Who, edition 1897-1916, p.519
  2. ^ a b "Joseph P. Nannetti Dead". The Boston Globe. London. 27 April 1915. p. 6. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b Walker, Brian M. (ed.), Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922, Royal Irish Academy Press, Dublin (1978)
  4. ^ a b Maume, Patrick; The long Gestation, Irish Nationalist Life 1891-1918, pp 32, 116, 141, 237 Who’s Who, Gill & Macmillan (1999), ISBN 0-7171-2744-3

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Political offices
Preceded by
New position
President of the Dublin Trades Council
Succeeded by
W. J. Leahy
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Dublin College Green
Succeeded by
Civic offices
Preceded by Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Gerald O'Reilly